Primer for a Failed Superpower
Primer for a Failed Superpower is a theatrical concert event inspired by the 1980s hardcore punk scene. It will feature a new band of 30-somethings (the TEAM), a teenage ensemble (ages 13-18, sourced wherever the work tours), multimedia and narrative elements—all in pursuit of the following questions: Is America a failing superpower? How does a teenager, and a teenage nation, grow up? The defining geopolitical moment of the artists’ childhoods was the fall of the Berlin Wall. For the next generation, who many of the TEAM teach, their formative moment was September 11th.Primer is about preparing our minds for a shifting national identity, through conversations with the next generation, and a love letter to our future children about growing up in the 1980s.
The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based ensemble whose mission is to create new work about the experience of living in America today. Their work crashes America…
Jessica Almasy is a jungle cat slash otter, now writing: PLAYS: XIX, prone; BOOKS: This is My Young Adult N…
Rachel Chavkin is two-time Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk nominated director, educator and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM, for whom sh…
Matt Hubbs is the resident designer with the TEAM. He also recently designed 100 Saints You Should Know at Playwrights Horizons. A…
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